LE ROY — Another Rochester Regional Health campus has closed temporarily.
The Imaging Center — Le Roy Medical campus closed Monday. X-ray services are offered there, and patients are able to be referred to the Jerome Medical Center for imaging services.
A total of 15 Rochester Regional Health locations are currently closed, including four from the GLOW region.
In addition to the Imaging Center — Le Roy Medical Campus, the Laboratory Service Center at the Le Roy Medical Campus and Laboratory Service Center in Pembroke have been closed since Sept. 27. Oakfield Family Medicine has been closed since Sept. 22.
United Memorial Medical Center suspended all non-essential elective inpatient, 23-hour and same day elective hospital surgeries and procedures for at least two weeks effective Thursday, Dec. 23.
The latest closure arrives as the region continues to deal with staffing shortages and high COVID-19 caseloads.
As of Saturday, all hospitals in the Finger Lakes region had been ordered to stop non-essential non-urgent elective surgeries after having met the state’s threshold for “high risk regions” or low capacity facilities. That includes UMMC, Wyoming County Community Hospital, Medina Memorial Hospital, and Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in the GLOW region, along with larger facilities such as Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Several other hospitals — which often treat GLOW region residents — are also affected, including Erie County Medical Center, and Bertrand Chaffee Memorial Hospital in Springville, Erie County.
Criteria used for the determinations include low bed capacity with 90 percent or more of hospital beds occupied based on the previous 7-day average; or 85-90 percent occupancy rate based on the previous 7-day average and a new COVID-19 hospital admission rate for the region greater than 4 percent.
“We will use every available tool to help ensure that hospitals can manage the COVID-19 winter surge,” said Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett in a news release. “I want to remind New Yorkers that getting vaccinated and boosted remain the best way to protect against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. Vaccination also protects our hospital system. We cannot return to the early months of the pandemic when hospitals were overwhelmed.”